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Posted at 5:10 PM ET, 01/25/2010

PM Update: A few showers, then warmth wanes

By Dan Stillman

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After showers and wind gusts to near 40 mph overnight through around midday, skies turned partly sunny this afternoon, boosting already mild temperatures to highs in the mid-60s in many places. The spring-like feel will be fleeting, however, with more typical winter temperatures on tap for the rest of the work week. Meanwhile, a few showers linger tonight, and recent model runs continue to indicate a chance of snow late in the week.


Radar: Latest D.C. area radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: Today's warmth lingers with rather comfortable evening temperatures, dropping from the 50s into the upper-to-mid 40s, followed by not-so-chilly overnight lows in the mid-30s to near 40. Partly to mostly cloudy skies could produce a few passing rain showers this evening and overnight (maybe even some snowflakes mixed in with anything that comes through late, but no accumulation expected). Breezes diminish to around 10 mph during the evening with occasionally higher gusts through the night.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): We're much colder than today but will probably still end up warmer than the average for late January. Really, partly sunny skies and highs in the mid-to-upper 40s won't be all that bad. Winds remain a little breezy at 10-20 mph from the west.

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Radar-estimated rain totals from yesterday and today. D.C. is near the center of the image. Greens represent totals in the 1-2" range. Courtesy National Weather Service.

Rain Totals: Total rainfall yesterday through mid-afternoon today generally fell short of expectations but varied greatly depending on location. Here are some specific totals: Reagan National (0.38"), Dulles (.58"), BWI (.88") and Camp Springs (1.25"). Radar-estimated storm total rainfall shows higher amounts were seen well west of the D.C. area (western Loudoun and northern Fauquier counties and points west) as well as well east (on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay).

By Dan Stillman  | January 25, 2010; 5:10 PM ET
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Comments

Current Blue Ridge Mtns observations: Cloudy with what looks to be hail, 44.4

or should I be calling it sleet?

Posted by: spgass1 | January 25, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Totally unexpected downpour in Vienna - looks like we're getting more rain than we had all last night.

Posted by: HenryFPotter | January 25, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

About 5 minutes or so of pea-sized hail in south Reston as I was driving home... about 5:40 pm. A quarter mile on, it was raining fairly hard.

Posted by: fsd50 | January 25, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

How about some lightning out of that little cell? Several bolts on the drive north on 95!

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 25, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Brian, you always seem to have an adventurous drive north! Still some more showers heading into the region, but little to no lightning with these (sorry, haha)

I certainly enjoyed the weather today--everyone else, too?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 25, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Had the bb sized hail here in SE Loudoun at 5pm...bit of a surprise. So this week, we will have had rain, thunder, sleet, snow, and wind...sounds like March.

Posted by: DullesARC | January 25, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I am retired, and typically take a walk when the weather permits. I have my computer bookmarked to Weather.com radar for the DC metro area. I checked both current and future doppler radar before going outside late this morning. Neither showed any rainfall for my area (Vienna). Needless to say, I saw ominous clouds off to the west, but trusting doppler, I decided to go walking.

I got caught in a semi-cloudburst, which ended when I returned home (naturally). This is the last time I trust doppler radar over my own visual sense of what is happening in the sky. Doppler radar is useful, but it has the tendency to lull people (meteorologists included), into ignoring the their own sense of the weather environment.

Posted by: MillPond2 | January 25, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

It was so weird to have it be 60 degrees this morning, when the high was supposed to be like 56 for the day. So I brought all my winter gear with me to work, but it was even more gorgeous on the way home! All the winter gear stayed in the pannier. What fun, felt like spring!

A nitpick, though: since when are 25mph winds considered "breezy", instead of "windy"? (Referring to the early morning post.)

Posted by: debiguity | January 25, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

"I am retired, and typically take a walk when the weather permits. I have my computer bookmarked to Weather.com radar for the DC metro area. I checked both current and future doppler radar before going outside late this morning. Neither showed any rainfall for my area (Vienna). Needless to say, I saw ominous clouds off to the west, but trusting doppler, I decided to go walking."


That will teach you to not use weather.com for anything.

Posted by: MKadyman | January 25, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

They're now getting snow showers in the Blacksburg - Roanoke area, after 60 earlier 2day.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 25, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow 00z GFS really hit's the entire area hard fri-sat. I'm worried that such good model consistency this early is a bad thing lol.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | January 25, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: clintonportis17 | January 25, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Since it's 43 here at 11:15, no chance of snowflakes right now. Maybe later .....

Posted by: weathergrrl | January 25, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

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